After being inadvertently struck by a bullet aimed at a fleeing man, a 13-year-old North Charleston boy was most upset because he couldn’t play basketball, the boy’s mother said Friday.
“He’s sad right now because he can’t play basketball and can’t go to school,” the boy’s mother said after bail was set for a woman connected to the shooting incident.
She said the bullet police said crossed Spruill Avenue and struck her child did more than graze him. “It went in and out. He’s got two holes,” she said, pointing to her shoulder.
Investigators are probing what appears to be a bizarre and complex incident. Although a woman has been charged as an accessory, the suspected shooter remains at large, North Charleston Police spokesman Spencer Pryor said.
Warrants state the boy was hurt when two men fired shots at another man, about 6 p.m. Thursday at the end of Clements Avenue, near Spruill Avenue. The shooting took place after an argument involving the man who was fired upon and four women.
The boy was taken to Medical University Hospital, where he was treated and released, Pryor said.
Police charged 18-year-old Dominique Owens with two counts of accessory to attempted murder. Magistrate Sheryl M. Perry set bail totalling $150,000 for Owens, who is being held at the Cannon Detention Center.
Pryor said police are seeking 19-year-old Benjamin Davis of Charleston, the alleged shooter, on two counts of attempted murder.
The report states witnesses told police that Owens and other women were arguing over a man -- Rashad Jenkins -- and that Owens left but returned in a car with two men -- one of whom was Davis.
When gunfire began, Jenkins ran, and “...both gunmen gave chase all the while firing their weapons in the direction of Jenkins with malice aforethought,” the warrant states.
It said one of the bullets crossed Spruill Avenue and struck the 13-year-old.
Police Sgt. James Hill said at the bond hearing that the boy “was on his way to play basketball.”
His mother said in court that her son “had just come home from school, gotten something to eat and changed clothes,” and headed to the basketball court.
“It’s so sad,” she told Magistrate Perry. “My son was in the wrong place at the wrong time,” she said.
The woman said she does not know any of the people police named. “I don’t wish no harm to anyone, but I want something done for what happened to my son,” she told Perry.
Owens’ mother, who did not state her name or speak after the hearing, was also in court. She said she was sorry for what happened to the boy, and told Perry that Dominique Owens works, is planning to enroll at Trident Tech and “has had no problems with the police.”
EDITOR’S NOTE: Because of incorrect information provided to The Post and Courier, earlier versions of this story incorrectly said the boy was 11. He is 13 years old.
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